There are many screencasting software, both free and commercially available, to create screencasts.
Free screencasting software can be web-based, like Screencast-O-Matic, or downloaded onto a computer, like Jing. The features of the free screencasting tools are limited (e.g., no editing), but usually do the trick. Refer to the chart below on free screencasting software to choose the one that works best for your purposes.
- Can be used with Mac or PC
- Saves recordings as SWF (shockwave file)
- Record up to 5 minutes of video
|- Cannot edit screencasts
- Cannot save as MP4 files
- 2 GB storage space limit & monthly 2 GB bandwidth limit via Screencast.com
- Web-based, can record on any computer
- Publish to Screencast-O-Matic.com, YouTube, or save as a video file (MP4, AVI, FLV or GIF)
|- Record up to 15 minutes of video
- Resize screen frame
- Pause during recording
- Add a caption file to recording
- Turn on/off mouse clicks, halo, cursor
|- Free version will have 'Screencast-O-Matic' watermark
- Cannot edit screencasts (must upgrade to Screencast Pro to edit)
Note: it is possible to add captions to screencasts uploaded to YouTube.
Using commercial screencast software allows for unlimited recording time.
'Explain Everything' (available through the App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store) is an interactive screencasting whiteboard app that allows users to record whatever is currently displaying on a tablet screen - whether it be a website, PDF, or image. It can save files as an MP4 or as a MOV file (for iOS devices only). Files can be shared to different platforms, depending on the operating system. Refer to the features chart for more details.
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